18 Facts About Osvaldo Ardiles


Osvaldo Ardiles was born in Cordoba, and played for Instituto de Cordoba from a young age.


Osvaldo Ardiles was named as El Grafico's best player of the interior in 1974, and abandoned his law degree studies in order to play professional football.


Osvaldo Ardiles played a big part in another FA Cup triumph the following year, but did not play in the final because it had already been arranged with the Spurs management that he would leave early to join up with Argentina's 1982 World Cup squad.


Osvaldo Ardiles then played for Blackburn Rovers, Queens Park Rangers and Swindon Town, before being appointed as manager of Swindon Town in July 1989.


Osvaldo Ardiles played part of the 1989 American Soccer League season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.


Osvaldo Ardiles was called up to the Argentina senior team by manager Cesar Luis Menotti in 1975.


Osvaldo Ardiles was a member of the World Cup winning squad in 1978.


In July 1989, Osvaldo Ardiles moved into football management with second division Swindon Town when Lou Macari resigned to join West Ham in July 1989.


Osvaldo Ardiles wowed fans by replacing the long ball style which had been so successful with a new "Samba style", which saw the Town playing attacking football.


Ten months after he had joined, Osvaldo Ardiles led Swindon to their highest ever league position, finishing fourth in the second division.


Tottenham finished 15th in the Premiership and despite the expensive acquisition of Jurgen Klinsmann and Ilie Dumitrescu in the 1994 close season, Osvaldo Ardiles was sacked in October 1994 with Tottenham languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League.


From 2003 to 2005 he coached Tokyo Verdy, with whom he won the 2004 Emperor's Cup, In July 2005 Osvaldo Ardiles was fired after a nine-game winless streak.


Osvaldo Ardiles joined Paraguayan club Cerro Porteno in May 2008 but was sacked in August of the same year after a string of poor results and was replaced by Pedro Troglio.


Osvaldo Ardiles was enlisted by RTE Sport for their squad of pundits ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.


Osvaldo Ardiles returned to RTE's team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.


Osvaldo Ardiles played Carlos Rey in the 1981 World War II film Escape to Victory.


Osvaldo Ardiles married fellow Argentine Silvia Navarro in December 1973.


Osvaldo Ardiles sustained minor injuries in the accident, and required more than 20 stitches in his head.